Palm Beach Atlantic’s Founders Day celebration began with a roll call of the faithful supporters who turned Dr. Jess Moody’s “impossible dream” of starting a Christian college in the heart of West Palm Beach into a reality. The celebration concluded with his son Patrick Moody singing a stirring rendition of the song by the same name.
When the late Moody set out to start what was then Palm Beach Atlantic College, he had no professors, no students, no buildings and no money — only a little support that grew, said the younger Moody. Now, when Patrick Moody walks through campus, he sees his father’s dream, he said.
Founders Day keynote speaker Dr. Ken Mahanes personally knew Moody, PBA’s founding president, and Dr. Donald E. Warren, PBA’s founding board chair. Mahanes, now retired, served in numerous leadership roles, including vice president for religious life and special adviser to the president.